North Myrtle Beach Public Works Enhance Readiness with New Storage

Since the North Myrtle Beach Public Works department provides a vast array of direct service to citizens, they need a bigger storage space.
City of North Myrtle Beach Mayor and Sellers General Construction CEO
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From making sure your water is safe to drink, repairing traffic lights, colleting garbage, to maintaining the City infrastructures, to mention a few, the Public Works Department in the City of North Myrtle Beach is the silent hero that has been taking a good care of the wellness of the City.

Dealing with that many tasks, the stakeholders must have a massive set of equipment and machines that help them tackle different problems pop up along the growth of the City. Not to mention the people behind the beautiful façade of the City, they make up 9.4% of the entire work force for the City.

That’s maybe the driving force behind the City to build a Public Works Storage Building for warehouse and office space. Before seeing how the building is forming, let’s dive in the breathtaking beaches of the City.

City of North Myrtle Beach – The Bless on the Eyes

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, the City of North Myrtle Beach embraces the Grand Strand, a northeastern region of South Carolina’s coastal beach area.

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is renowned for its golf courses, sunny skies, and immaculate beaches because of this. With 17,383 residents, North Myrtle Beach offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere for locals. The Waccamaw tribe, who were the first people to live in the area, still call the city home, which is an interesting fact.

City of North Myrtle Beach mayor in a event
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Another fascinating thing about North Myrtle Beach is that it’s considered the birthplace of Shag Dancing and hosts several Shag Dance festivals and celebrations each year.

When you visit North Myrtle Beach, you will find out that the beaches there are very clean. The city even has a committee called Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, a community-based program to educate and empower the North Myrtle Beach community to personally improve the environment and enhance the quality of life and community pride through beautification, litter prevention, and recycling.

Not only the beaches, but also when people take a walk around this beautiful city, we can see how every corner always looks so fresh. To achieve this level, we have to bring the everlasting efforts of the city’s Public Works Department to the table.

Public Works – The Silent Hero of the Wellness

Public works include a broad range of services that our municipalities provide to us every day. In the City of North Myrtle Beach, The Public Works Department provides direct service to citizens: Garbage collection and disposal, water and sanitary sewer, road maintenance, storm drainage maintenance and repairs, mosquito control, beach cleaning and street sweeping.

The Department is also responsible for planning, management, construction, and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. These indirect services are often unseen but are vital to the mission to ensure that the needs for growth and development are met while minimizing the impact on existing residents.

To be more specific, the department includes 3 divisions: Street and Drainage, Fleet Maintenance, and Facilities Maintenance. The primary function of the Street and Drainage Division is to construct and maintain roads, bridges, sidewalks, and the storm water drainage system throughout the City.

The primary function of the Fleet Maintenance Division and the Facilities Maintenance Division is to oversee maintenance of the City’s fleet and facilities. Large capital projects for roads, bridges and sidewalks are funded with a transfer out of the General Fund to the Street Improvement Fund annually.

Large capital projects for storm water drainage projects are funded by Storm Water Drainage Fees and expended in the Storm Water Drainage Fund. The portion of General Fund Expenditures allocated to the Public Works Department reflects 8.14% of the overall resources appropriated in the General Fund for FY 2024.

The employees in this department make up 9.4% of the entire work force for the City. Every single day, these dedicated people have to work with the help of a bunch of effective machines and equipment so they can get the job done. This maybe the reason why the department need a bigger storage building.

The RFP – New Public Works Storage Building

In the last quarter of 2023, The City of North Myrtle Beach embarked on soliciting sealed & competitive bids for the Design-Build Construction of a Public Works Storage Building aimed at providing warehouse and office space.

The project, as outlined in the RFP, is designed to meet the operational needs of a public works department. Structurally sound and utilitarian, the building boasts a clad exterior in metal wall panels and a standing seam metal roof, ensuring durability and weather resistance.

Functional features such as metal coiling garage doors with automatic openers, alongside gutters and downspouts with concrete splash blocks, underscore its practicality in facilitating access and managing water runoff effectively.

City of North Myrtle Beach Public Works area
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Internally, the building prioritizes efficiency and practicality. Constructed with metal framing and gypsum board, the interior walls are finished with rubber base molding, contributing to a polished aesthetic.

Suspended acoustical tile ceilings enhance noise control, fostering a conducive working environment. Office spaces are equipped with insulated hollow metal doors and anodized aluminum windows, balancing natural light and security considerations.

Dedicated spaces within the building are allocated for offices, restrooms, storage, and equipment, ensuring optimal functionality. Plumbing fixtures adhere to commercial building standards, promoting regulatory compliance and user comfort.

Hardware selections prioritize durability and security, reinforcing the building’s practicality and longevity. The layout and design prioritize operational efficiency, with essential systems such as electrical panels, HVAC units, and sprinkler systems seamlessly integrated to meet safety and regulatory standards.

The proposed Public Works Warehouse in North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, SC, spans a total area of 6,565 square feet. Construction specifications encompass various aspects, including the exterior wall section at the office, featuring standing seam decking, insulation with vinyl backing, roof purlin, and a coiling door.

Insulation requirements, metal building wall panels, furring studs, rubber base, concrete slab, and vapor barrier are among the outlined features. The door schedule outlines the types of doors to be utilized, including solid core wood doors, storefront doors, and hollow metal frames.

Additionally, the floor plan incorporates specifications for steel pipe bollards, concrete sidewalks, and pads. Contractor notes encompass a range of instructions and specifications, covering architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinkler layout construction documents.

Detailed requirements for systems such as sprinklers, sound attenuation insulation, backup generator connection, heating, water lines, electrical panels, and plumbing are provided.

Furthermore, the elevations of the building offer a comprehensive understanding of its design, featuring metal wall panels, gutters, downspouts, and a 4-ton crane rail system. Anodized aluminum windows insulated hollow metal doors, and coiling garage doors with automatic openers are among the prominent features, ensuring functionality and durability throughout the structure.

That’s pretty much how the new storage building will look like, but to achieve this appearance, we need a clear plan to translate ideas into reality.

The Scope of Work – Ensuring the Best in Class

The construction project initiated by the City of North Myrtle Beach represents a comprehensive endeavor aimed at enhancing public infrastructure and amenities. The project encompasses a series of interconnected tasks, each contributing to the overall improvement of the city’s facilities and services.

Beginning with site preparation, the project involves the meticulous clearing of designated areas, excavation to create suitable foundations, and backfilling to ensure proper grading and stabilization. This foundational phase sets the stage for subsequent construction activities.

Concrete construction forms a significant part of the project, with a focus on sidewalks, curb, gutter, and other essential components. From trenching for utilities to the placement of reinforcing steel, the concrete work adheres to stringent quality standards and regulatory guidelines.

Erosion control measures are integral to the project, aimed at preventing soil erosion and sediment runoff during and after construction. Seeding and sodding efforts further contribute to environmental sustainability by establishing vegetation and stabilizing soil.

The installation of pre-engineered metal buildings represents a key aspect of the project, providing weatherproof enclosures for various purposes. This involves the installation of structural frames, metal roofing, steel siding, skylights, and doors to create durable and functional structures.

In addition to construction activities, the project includes the installation of specialty signage designed to enhance public amenities and accessibility. These signage elements incorporate universal symbols for compliance and reflect the identity of the City of North Myrtle Beach.

City of North Myrtle Beach conference
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Throughout the project lifecycle, adherence to industry standards and best practices is paramount. Proper concrete curing techniques, application of erosion control measures, and meticulous construction methods ensure the durability, safety, and longevity of the infrastructure.

By integrating these elements into the construction project, the City of North Myrtle Beach aims to create a robust and sustainable infrastructure that enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors. This collective effort underscores the city’s commitment to progress, environmental stewardship, and community well-being.

Equality – The Human Side of the Project

Good relationships between workers and employers are key to business success. When employees and employers understand each other well, it helps to prevent disagreements at work. Having a positive relationship between bosses and workers boosts motivation and how engaged employees feel. Happy employees tend to get more work done because they enjoy their jobs.

That’s why the City had to note that any contractor compete for the bid should summit a record of amicable relations with labor. The City has made such investigations as deemed necessary to determine the ability of the bidder to perform this point. However, that is just a part of how North Myrtle Beach has done to protect the human side of the project.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) forms a crucial aspect of the contract’s execution. Contractors, along with their assignees and successors, commit to complying with Executive Order 11246, titled “Equal Opportunity in Federal Employment,” as amended by Executive Orders 11375 and 12086, and supplemented by Department of Labor regulations (41 CFR Chapter 60), collectively referred to as the “Regulations.”

Contractors commit to non-discrimination across various aspects of their operations, including subcontractor selection, material procurement, and equipment leasing. During solicitation processes, they must inform potential subcontractors or suppliers of anti-discrimination obligations under the contract and relevant regulations.

Furthermore, contractors, sub-recipients, and subcontractors are obliged to adhere to Title VI Compliance, ensuring no discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or sex throughout the contract’s performance.

Failure to comply constitutes a material breach, subject to sanctions such as withholding payments, contract cancellation, termination, or suspension. The city reserves the right to impose appropriate sanctions for noncompliance, ensuring adherence to EEO principles throughout the contract’s execution.

After a while, the solicitation has closed and the City of North Myrtle Beach has chosen the most suitable contractor for this project, and that was Sellers General Construction.

The Winner – Sellers General Construction

Sellers General Construction is a 2nd generation, full service, family-owned entity that specializes in industrial, commercial, residential, and structural steel buildings. Johnny Sellers grew up in Conway, SC and worked in construction his entire career.

In 1997, he decided to open his own firm and began residential work throughout Litchfield, Pawley’s Island, Myrtle Beach, Conway, Carolina Forest, Loris, Aynor, and surrounding areas. Since its inception, customers throughout the Grand Strand area have been putting their trust in Sellers General Construction, and our growth is a testament to those built relationships. 

The goal each day for Sellers General Construction is to provide unparalleled professionalism and quality workmanship. We provide value to our clients through our exceptional character and our commitment to quality. We specialize in customer service and the development of long-term relationships. We are a strong team of professionals, and we have the capabilities to manage small and large projects of various types.

Sellers General Construction in a fest
Courtesy: Sellers General Construction

Historically, Sellers General Constructions client base has included Industrial, Residential, Government, Faith Based, K-12 Education, Medical, and Structural Steel facilities.

In 2006, Jay Sellers became a partner in the firm and managed the day-to-day operations. Jay has spent a considerable number of years in various roles within the construction industry. From an early age Jay received extensive field experience that transitioned into carpenter, superintendent, project manager.

In 2023, Jay became the proud firm owner and operator of Sellers General Construction, leading into the 2nd generation of leadership. Between father and son there are more than six decades of construction knowledge and experience.

Sellers General Construction sets itself apart through its comprehensive array of construction services, meticulously tailored to meet diverse project needs. From pre-construction planning to sitework, they exemplify excellence and efficiency at every stage of the construction process.

In the pre-construction phase, Sellers General Construction fosters collaborative efforts among stakeholders to define project goals, identify cost-saving opportunities, and streamline the planning process. Through meticulous project scope development, site selection, and budgeting, they ensure that every detail is accounted for, maximizing efficiencies and minimizing obstacles.

Their expertise extends to Design-Build contracts, offering clients a seamless and streamlined approach to construction. By managing architectural design, engineering, and construction under one contract, they ensure better schedule management, consistent quality, and effective communication throughout the project lifecycle.

As a general contractor, they oversee projects with precision and attention to detail, collaborating closely with owners, design teams, and trade partners to deliver exceptional results.

From construction management to sitework, Sellers General Construction’s commitment to quality and client satisfaction shines through, making them a preferred choice for projects of all sizes and complexities.

For sure, the contractor has been working closely with the City of North Myrtle Beach for the new storage building that benefits the whole city.

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